HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is one of the most important and powerful nutrients. It is a water-soluble vitamin and a potent antioxidant. Widely used in the prevention and treatment of scurvy, common cold, hypertension, curing cataracts, cancer, stroke, it helps keep the skin elastic and heals wounds. We must get it through foods & supplements as it is not produced in our body.
SOME SOURCES OF VITAMIN C
– Gooseberry (Amala)
– Red peppers
AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C
Healthy Immune Function
Vitamin C activates the production of white blood cells and boosts the immune cells to function effectively. It has marked effect on repairing wounds and wards off the attack of bacteria, virus and infection.
Reduces risk of Cataracts
Vitamin C plays an important role in improving vision and prevents the development of cataract that causes blindness in older people. The lens present in the eyes require a high amount of Vitamin C to ward off free radicals that are produced due to direct exposure to sunlight.
Maintains Skin health
A common problem in monsoon season is dry skin, a good diet with copious vitamin C intake decreases the appearance of wrinkles and dry skin. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C reduce the oxidative damage caused by pollution, stress and poor diet. It also slows the aging process and makes the skin glow.
A study revealed that low levels of Vitamin C increases the risk of asthma. Adequate intake of vitamin C reduces the body’s production of histamine which contribute to inflammation.
Studies had suggested that a high-dose of vitamin C may enhance the cancer-killing effect of drugs used in chemotherapy. Vitamin C is a safe and cost-effective treatment for ovarian, lung, stomach, throat and colon & may be associated with increased survival in those already diagnosed.